ERIC Number: ED219534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Balancing the Equation. A Study of Women and Science and Technology within Further Education. Project Report.
Stoney, Sheila M.; Reid, Margaret I.
A 1-year project was conducted to explore ways and suggest possible strategies by which Further Education staff in Great Britain can help improve women's participation, progress, and attainment in physical science and technology, particularly at technician and craft levels. Data were collected by a questionnaire survey of heads of science and technical departments in approximately 100 colleges and polytechnics in England and Wales. The survey sought to gather details of women's enrollments and efforts made by departments to increase women's participation rates, and the views of senior college staff upon issues which previous research has shown to have a bearing upon women's entry into science and technology and their subsequent progress. Based on this information, as well as on data gathered from case studies and literature reviews, a number of recommendations were made. These recommendations included departmental outreach activities, improvement of course and career literature, and use of female academic staff in order to raise girls' and women's awareness of the worth of science and technology occupations. Other strategies suggested were helping students to shop around for courses, increased attention to mature students, more help for women students in the transition from secondary school to college, and more introductory course content to help young women prepare for technical careers by providing background information which they may lack. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Further Education Curriculum Review and Development Unit, London (England).
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales, London.
Identifiers: Great Britain